Every spring those of us who chase auroras fight a hopeless battle. A battle against growing daylight which cannot be won. Days are getting longer and eventually the midnight sun takes over every last bit of darkness.
I love summer nights too, the light and colors are so special – and it’s not cold either. Plus I’m really looking forward to more sleep. After being out so many nights throughout the winter, the last weeks were a bit of a stretch. Fatigue and sleepiness are on the daily menu and I look forward to a change of diet. Sweet, precious sleep without checking the webcams, going out one last time to see if there are auroras in the sky. Sounds like holiday, doesn’t it? 🙂
So last night I went to Haukipudas, Finland, trying to see one more time auroras and around the darkest point at 1.30am my eyes caught something very faint. The twilight was strong, so I had to take a test photo with my camera
As you can see from this photo the aurora is barely visible above the horizon and also on the left (yes there is a bit). A stronger display would have pushed the lights higher into the darker part of the sky but soon that is no longer an option.
From my experience (and reading it once a long time ago), the sun should be about 10 degrees below the horizon. Tonight that will be between 11.30pm – 2.40am, so very little time. On April 30th will be the last chance with a very short time between 12.35am – 1.50am.
So, this is it – probably. Northern lights make room for Nightless nights. A deal I can agree to 🙂